Northeast United FC on Friday confirmed the signing of Brazilian striker Ibson Melo as the first new foreign signing of the season. The 33-year-old forward has signed a one-year contract with the Highlanders and is set to lead the club’s attacking line in the upcoming 2023-24 season.
Ibson Melo came through the youth academy at Santa Cruz FC in Brazil and later ventured into the Cypriot and Portuguese First Divisions. He then made his mark in Asia, spending four successful seasons in the Thai League 1. Now, Ibson brings his experience and goal-scoring prowess to Northeast United FC, eager to embark on this new chapter in his career.
Expressing his excitement about joining the club, Ibson said, “I was impressed by the seriousness & the professionalism of the people involved at the club. I believe that there is a very good opportunity to grow together. I hope to be very happy in India with my family and stay for a long time and contribute to the team’s success.”
Head coach Juan Pedro Benali exuded confidence in Ibson’s abilities and believes he will be an asset to the team’s attacking department. “Ibson is a very good player and knows the game very well. He’s fast and he can play in different positions along the front line. He is also clinical and can score from different situations. He is a very experienced player and I believe he will score a lot of goals and help us reach our objectives,” said Benali.